Volunteer EFT therapist for oncology patients


We are seeking an additional EFT practitioner to work on the oncology wards and within the FOCUS centre for 3 to 4 hours weekly.

We believe that complementary therapies can work together with medical and nursing care to improve patient wellbeing, reducing anxiety and enabling relaxation. Emotional Freedom Technique (or EFT) is a non-invasive, easy to learn therapy which can be self-applied. EFT is increasingly used in NHS oncology units to alleviate pain and the side effects of cancer treatment and help with the inherent emotional challenges.

EFT may also be referred to as ‘meridian therapy’, ‘tapping therapy’ or ‘energy psychology’. It is often described as being similar to acupuncture but instead of using needles, the meridian points are gently tapped with the fingertips. EFT is a relatively new branch of complementary therapy that also utilises the mind/body* energy system to bring about positive changes in emotions, thoughts and behaviours.

We have an experienced team of volunteer therapists who work in our FOCUS Centre offering out-patients complementary therapies. Our volunteer EFT therapist is a valued member of our team. We are seeking an additional EFT practitioner to work on the oncology wards and within the FOCUS centre for 3 to 4 hours weekly.

As a volunteer EFT therapist, you will need to have a recognised EFT qualification and a minimum of two years' experience - although it is not necessary to have worked in a hospital before. Volunteers joining our team will be required to fill in an occupational health form and undergo a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, organised by our Voluntary Services department.


  • To provide EFT therapy, following Gloucestershire NHS Trust policies and guidelines.
  • To work as a member of a multi-professional clinical team, giving appropriate feedback to the clinicians.
  • To undertake an appropriate induction both corporate and in role.

Essential Qualities:

  • Adequate professional training, professional indemnity insurance, membership of appropriate professional body.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-professional team.
  • Ability to work in a flexible, mature, compassionate and confidential manner.
  • Ability to give regular commitment of attendance.

Desirable Qualities:

  • Good listening skills.
  • Non-judgmental approach.
  • The ability to maintain a healthy perspective.
  • Willingness to reflect on one’s professional practice and learn from this.
  • Experience of working with palliative care clients.
  • Two years of professional experience.

Benefits to volunteers:

  • Opportunities to develop the role to support patients and the team
  • Making friends
  • References can be provided on completion of three months volunteering, if required
  • Gain practical experience of working within a healthcare team
  • Recognition of volunteering contribution


If you can help, please contact Ali Williams, Focus Cancer Support Centre Manager

t: 0300 422 4414         e: ali.williams2@nhs.net